A minor emergency and then a major one

Feeling a bit better now… still sick but nowhere near as bad as yesterday. After I posted, I decided that I would brave getting up to throw clothes on and hit up the grocery on the ground floor of my building, where I could get chicken soup, ginger ale, and popsicles. I got the chills a little bit when I was in the elevator, but figured it would take less than 5 minutes and I’d be okay. Yeah, I thought wrong.

I shuffled through the store, grabbing ginger ale directly on the way to the popsicles, where I grabbed the first box of strawberry frozen fruit bars I saw without bothering to compare brands and prices like the savvy saver I am. I got to the checkout, and there was fortunately only one person in front of me, buying just one thing. I figured I could make it up to my apartment for a total of 8 minutes out of bed… super. While waiting, I looked at the medicines behind the counter, trying to choose between the types of TheraFlu, and I started feeling dizzy.

The next thing I knew, I was being shaken awake with a crowd around me. I had passed out in the checkout line, and the manager was there shaking me awake and telling me that an ambulance was on the way. I incoherently protested, trying to explain that I lived upstairs and as soon as I got up to bed I’d be fine, and finally they listened to me, but insisted that I sit for a few minutes, and got me a bottle of water. The store manager took my credit card from my shaking hand so I could ring up my groceries, which I refused to leave without, and I even got him to sign my receipt for me. After taking a while to sit and recover, I stumbled upstairs as quickly as possible, collapsing into bed. Shortly afterward, my mom decided she was coming to take care of me, and I felt a thousand times better.

Today, I’m still in bed but not nearly as woozy or sick. And then I hear tons of sirens. Looking out my window, I see something crazy: in the middle of the river, there is a plane.

Dear god.

I thought it was the next September 11th.

After watching the news for a few hours (it had better closeups and more information than my vantage point), it sounds like everyone is okay. They mentioned several times on several stations that they’re lucky the pilot went for the river, because if he were just a bit over, he would have hit the high rises on 11th and 12th avenues. Yeah, that would be me.

I am so thankful, but now just the teeniest bit apprehensive about my cross-Atlantic flight this weekend.

Comments

  1. YIKES!!! that is so scary about the plane… and about you passing out! i hope you are feeling better ASAP! moms always help :)

  2. I flew in today into London. I just heard the airplane crash a half an hour ago. Very scary. So glad everyone is all right.

    You take care of yourself, lady. Passing out like that is definitely not normal. Safe travels.

  3. How crazy was that today? I was listening to NPR and they said that the piolts did such a good job ‘landing’ the plane in the water that it looked kind of like a sea plane. To make today even crazier my sister was on an amtrac train from St. Louis to Chicago and it hit a freaking trash truck! No major injuries and she was fine. But come on now. I’m heading home and not leaving until tomorrow morning!

    Hope you get to feeling better – and thankgoodness you where so close to your house!

    Chloe

  4. Wow, that’s pretty crazy! I hope you feel better soon.

  5. What a friggin’ day for you, Laura. Jeez!!!!! Hope you start feeling better. And it looks like they’ve taken care of that plane-in-the-water-thing.

  6. Both of those are scary! It sounds like you had a bit of good luck with both though, not having to pay for ambulance fees and not getting hit by a plane. Feel better!

  7. WOW. Scary stuff….
    I hope you feel better!!

  8. You are planning to travel when you’re passing out today? Wow, you’re a strong person!

  9. that is super scary! I just read about the plane but didn’t know that was so close to you!

    hope you continue to feel better.

  10. Wow, you’re really sick! I hope you feel better before your big flight!

    That is soo friggin creepy about the plane, thank god the pilot hit the river and not any buildings!!

  11. So glad you are sorta feeling better! that is crazy about the plane. I am going to have to check the news now and see what happened!!

  12. Small world. Was just reading about the plane and you’re actually there!

  13. omg! I am so glad you are okay!! Feel better soon!!

  14. take care of yourself, feel better soon and have a safe trip <3

  15. That is CRAZY! First, glad you are okay. What an experience to pass out in line, then to look out your window at the plane in the river.

    Very glad everyone is okay! What a blessing.

    Hope your Mom is taking good care of you. Get better!

  16. Wow Laura i am so glad you are OK!!!

    You had me worried there for a moment!!!
    And yeah how crazy was today with the plane?? I can’t believe you are that close!!!

    Be safe!!!

  17. No worries, you just need heroic Cap’n Sully to come take care of you and fly your plane next week!

    Hope you’re on the mend quick. Yes, have Mom come! That’s what moms of big kids are for.

  18. Wow. That must have been really scary. Glad you’re ok!

  19. Wow…that’s freaky. Passing out like that is not good. Hope you’re okay. Take care, Laura.

  20. Holy COW. I passed out on Monday, which was crazy in itself, but I did not see a plane crash afterwards. WHOA. You stay safe, Laura. And I hope the worst of the flu is over and you get better ASAP.

  21. What a crazy day! NYC has the best hot and sour soup, which I call Chinese Penicillin. Get yourself some and get well soon!

  22. Wow.. Hope you feel better in short order. That’s a crazy story.

  23. OMG! You need to take care of your self for sure honey and I can’t believe you actually saw the plane. Be careful, rest, fluids and feel well soon

  24. Wow definitely take care of yourself! I can’t believe you saw the plane either! As long as some big old birds don’t fly into the engine your flight will go just fine!

  25. Wow, what a day. I can’t believe that you had an eye witness account of what happened. I hope you get better soon.

  26. Oh crap…that’s right, you live in NYC! I hope you’re okay…take it easy for sure

  27. Wow – that is a day!

    Hope you feel better soon!! : )

  28. I can’t imagine how scary that must have been for you NYC-ers. Take care of yourself chica. Get well soon!

  29. Yowza! I’m so glad to hear your mom is taking care of you now! Please feel better soon!

    And wow, to see a plane in a river out your window? Crazy. I was so glad to hear everyone was fine.

  30. Yes, take care of yourself, and I am sorry about your grandfather. I think it will be a good idea if you DO eat bread and potatoes and things while you are still recovering and traveling…

  31. Oh man. No break for you, huh?

    Yeah, my office freaked out a bit from the plane crash. Thankfully everyone is ok.

  32. Holy crap! What a day! That must have been so scary to see the plane and not know the full story!

  33. Eeek…sorry about your sickness…that’s the worst!

    Passing out in public is soooo scary…it happen to me when I lived in Boston on the T!

    Hope you’re doing better now.

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